Even if you flip the main breaker to the off position, the two main leads coming in and attaching to the lugs at the top of the breakers are still hot. Just so you don't think you are completely safe, just be sure where your hands and tools are going that they don't contact the lugs at the top.
Yep, trust me I was VERY cautious on where my hands were during this entire process. Left one in my pocket and wore rubber shoes. Also had the wife in there just in case something happened to me .
Kinda scary I'll admit, but I used common sense and it all went smooth.
Cutting the wires upstairs where the radiator used to be was not a good idea. That would make it more difficult for someone who wanted to reuse the wires later.
When cleaning anything including baby diapers, it is better to sweep off or scrape off as much solid and semisolid material as you can first. (1) Less cleaning fluid or detergent needs to be used, (2) Less of a mushy mess which in turn means that bleaches or disinfectants will be more effective.
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